Various funding opportunities, listed in order of closing, including for organisations that work with various hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups, heritage organisations, Community-wide social prescribing projects, community businesses, equine welfare and those with ideas for digital innovation around mental health.

Business Support Grants

**Late addition to the page – Please remember that the Business support grants being offered by Cornwall Council are open for any organisation on the business rates register, even if they pay zero rates. The grant is available to businesses forced to close as a result of the second lockdown. 

Full details including how to apply are available on Cornwall Council’s website. There is a second level of grant that is specifically for those organisations which have not claimed grants before (or were not eligible), with details here.
Closing date 30 November.

Allen Lane Foundation

Grants of up to £15,000 are available from the Allen Lane Foundation to small, registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations in the UK for work that makes a lasting difference to people’s lives and aims to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination. The foundation focuses on particular beneficiary groups, including:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

Please note the foundation will not make grants for work within Greater London. Find out more on their website. They also have a grants programme specifically for Social Cohesion.

Deadline 30 November.

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund

Grants of up to £15,000 are available from the Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund for smaller UK based charities working with young people in the criminal justice system, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement within the UK. Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services.

Find out more on their website.

Deadline 30 November.

School for Social Entrepreneurs Community Business Trade Up Programme

Are you running a project or organisation that exists to improve a local neighbourhood, village or town?   Do you want to recover and rebuild income from trading and pandemic proof your business?

This FREE support programme will give you the head-space, support network and funding needed to adapt, digitise and diversify your income from trading.  You’ll become a stronger, more sustainable community business as a result of this programme.

The programme includes:

  • A free learning programme, to help you recover and rebuild your income and impact
  • Up to £10,000 Trade Back grant
  • An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

Find out more on the SSE website. Deadline 2 December.

QBE Foundation Discretionary Grants 

Advance notice of forthcoming short application window for the Foundation’s next funding round. Grants up to £10,000 are available for registered charities within the UK and Europe that are working with people who are disadvantaged, enabling them to live more independently and successfully.

The Foundation’s objectives are:

Employee engagement by QBE employees (probably doesn’t apply to Cornwall – no local offices) or QBE’s Sustainable development goals:

  • No poverty – supporting business and community-related initiatives that help protect vulnerable communities and enable financial resilience.
  • Good health and wellbeing – support for medical research and treatment across a range of physical and mental health areas such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, rare genetic conditions, mental health in the workplace, and physical disability.
  • Gender equality and Reduced inequalities – support for community initiatives that promote acceptance and opportunity for vulnerable and under-represented groups.
  • Decent work and economic growth – support for community-led education and employment initiatives.
  • Sustainable cities and communities – support for innovative initiatives to develop solutions for resilient cities, and for sustainable and accessible food systems.
  • Climate action – supporting communities tackle the effects of climate change eg natural disaster preparedness and recover efforts, and climate education and research initiatives.

The application window is from Monday 30 November until Friday 11 December.

Full details on the QBE website, although the application form will not appear until the application window is open.

Support for heritage organisations

Heritage Compass is a brand new, free 2-year programme which will help 150 small and medium-sized heritage organisations from across England to grow and sustain their businesses. 

The programme offers training, mentoring, peer learning and strategy development, as well as the opportunity to move forward as part of a dynamic new cohort of Heritage Organisations. All of this support is totally free thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (with access grants available to support eligible organisations with staff costs).

Applications close on 16 December.

Arts Council England Thriving Communities Fund

Offering grants between £25,000 and £50,000 for social prescribing projects that bring local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations together in place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available community activities, with a particular emphasis on communities most impacted by health inequality and COVID-19.

The overarching aims of the Fund are to:

  1. Enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  2. Enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services, and
  3. Strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally

A key element of each funded project will be to bring together the necessary place-based partner agencies to work together to plan and deliver community activities. Partnerships should ideally include organisations across all of the following local sectors:

  • Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage.
  • Environment and nature-based organisations.
  • Health care agencies, including social prescribing link workers.
  • Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support, and
  • Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations.

Please note that there is a minimum 20% matched funding requirement for this programme, although this can include ‘in-kind’ contributions.

Further information, guidance is available on the Arts Council England website. The online application form can be accessed following registration on the Arts Council’s application portal, Grantium. Please note that registration may take up to 5 working days.

Deadline noon on Friday 8 January.

PetPlan Charitable Trust COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

The PetPlan Charitable Trust provides small grants of up to £5,000 to support smaller UK equine welfare organisations whose operational activities and finances have been severely impacted by COVID-19.  This is the final application round for the Trust’s COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.

UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of £500,000 or less whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines (i.e. horses, donkeys and other members of the horse family) may apply for a grant. The average grant award is expected to be around £2,500 with no matched funding requirement. Applications will be prioritised from:

  • Organisations that have not received funding from other emergency funds.
  • Organisations who are National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) members (please note that this is not an essential requirement for a grant application), and
  • Organisations who have less than 3 months expenditure in hand.

Further information, guidance an an application form can be found on the PetPlan website. Deadline 15 January.

Grants to support digital health

The Inclusivity Project supports digital solutions for health and inclusion in the workplace, providing grants of £1,000-2,000 to help local businesses (including charities) develop or try out new digital tools that support health and inclusion at work.

Their Idea Generation Grants are available to small businesses to enable you to develop your ideas for new digitally-supported products, processes and services. So if it’s a bit of kit, some expert skills or technology that you need, take a look at whether their grant scheme could work for you. 

For more information visit the Inclusivity Project website, or contact inclusivity@exeter.ac.ukNo closing date.